Prepare to find work as an energy lawyer.

LLM Oil and Gas Law has been a passport to career success for our many graduates now working at senior level for government and industry around the world.

Your expertise, contacts and career prospects will grow as you gain the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed to practise as a professional in this field.

You can choose to study this degree:

  • 100% online, with a dissertation
  • blended, with an intensive two-week Professional Skills summer school on campus in Aberdeen.

You’ll study the grounding concepts of current oil and gas law. You’ll gain the broad knowledge required for legal management of oil and gas exploration and production. And you’ll learn from internationally experienced lawyers who advise governments and industry.

Our teaching promotes the contextual thinking that enables a deeper, forward-thinking understanding of the industry and how the law works around it. You’ll explore many different viewpoints and needs of the energy industry, from the state discovering the oil or gas, to the experts drilling for it, and the ecosystem that needs our support and protection.

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for an:

  • LLM in Oil and Gas Law with Dissertation (100% online)
  • LLM in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills (blended learning – online courses with on-campus summer school)
  • or start with one of the online short courses that make up this degree.

How you’ll study

Our distance learning LLM Oil and Gas Law is delivered flexibly. You can choose to study 100% online, or combine online study with a two-week on-campus summer school in Professional Skills.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including podcasts of lectures, videos, case studies and projects.

You’ll also have online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor Law Library, a dedicated resource for law students. Both have first-class collections of reference works in law and related subjects. Find out more about our libraries.

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Whatever your legal and educational background, we want to make sure you have the skills to excel in online legal study. So you’ll also work through our preparatory Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship course. Through it you’ll:

  • develop your research, analytical, and writing skills to the highest standard
  • cover referencing, and understanding plagiarism
  • find out how to access librarian support and the wide range of resources available to you for your course and dissertation work.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of internationally experienced lawyers who:

  • regularly advise governments and the energy industry
  • are active members of boards including Oil and Gas UK and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • are published authors of significant works used within the energy industry.


This degree is assessed entirely online, with the exception of the Professional Skills Summer School.

You’ll have a range of different types of online assessment, including online tests, essay answers, case studies, briefs to clients and the writing of a legal brief.

If you attend the Professional Skills Summer School, you’ll be assessed here by a presentation and a range of reports that you’ll create.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

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Where this will take you

Our online LLM in Oil and Gas Law will prepare you to find work as an energy lawyer.

You’ll graduate with the skills required to practise as a trained professional in this field. You will also have built a strong network of contacts to help advance your legal career.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in:

  • oil and gas companies
  • international law firms servicing the industry
  • government ministries.

You can also use this Masters degree as a step towards a PhD and work in the academic world.

Wider career opportunities

Because the law touches so many parts of public life, you can use your qualification to find work within politics, business, international finance or banking.

Industry and international businesses value the distinct skills that law graduates bring to their organisations. You’ll have developed these in-demand skills in research, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and diplomacy.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2021/22 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the next academic year (2022/23). The indicative fee above includes this 5% fee rise.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

Entry requirements


  • A 2:1 (upper-class) honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.
  • Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Laws - 180 credits

You’ll work through 120 credits worth of courses and then take either:

  • a 60-credit dissertation, studied fully online, or
  • a 60-credit intensive two-week Professional Skills Summer School on campus in Aberdeen.

You can start your studies in January or September.

Study option

LLM with Dissertation

Your dissertation is completed fully online over the summer with preparatory work required during the January term.

It takes a minimum of 24 months to complete the LLM. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

Your Professional Skills Summer School runs over two weeks on-campus in Aberdeen.

It takes a minimum of 24 months to complete the LLM. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.


Complete your LLM with a 60-credit dissertation studied fully online.

Professional Skills Summer School

Complete your LLM with a 60-credit Professional Skills Summer School studied on-campus in Aberdeen over two weeks in the summer.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start off with one of these short courses that are part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits count towards the LLM. You can study any course stand-alone, or build your way up to the full LLM one short course at a time.

Find out about our short course route to entry.

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Master of Laws

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2021.

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